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  • GaryRunsGaryRuns Member, Premium Posts: 425 Member Member, Premium Posts: 425 Member
    alexmose2 wrote: »
    throwing out conventional deadlifts. I am still weary of my back and will just use Summo DLs and SLRDL.

    I need to do this. I'm just too lazy to maintain my form, or too vain to go light enough to maintain it, for heavy CDLs. But then I feel like I should be doing heavy CDLs to build up strength, even though mostly I care about hypertrophy.

    Anyway, I managed to take them out of this meso, but I'm going to struggle to not put them back in the next 'cause I'll feel like I should be doing them.
  • alexmose2alexmose2 Member Posts: 128 Member Member Posts: 128 Member
    GaryRuns wrote: »
    alexmose2 wrote: »
    throwing out conventional deadlifts. I am still weary of my back and will just use Summo DLs and SLRDL.

    I need to do this. I'm just too lazy to maintain my form, or too vain to go light enough to maintain it, for heavy CDLs. But then I feel like I should be doing heavy CDLs to build up strength, even though mostly I care about hypertrophy.

    Anyway, I managed to take them out of this meso, but I'm going to struggle to not put them back in the next 'cause I'll feel like I should be doing them.

    I have yet to hit legs this meso (today is day 1) but I have a feeling I will NOT miss CDLs.

    Day 1 went well! Rolling into the meso with fewer sets and working in a hypertrophy range is went well today. Squats tomorrow!
  • sarehkkksarehkkk Member Posts: 1 Member Member Posts: 1 Member
    i want to start from next month. im in a recovery time know. and i really like bulking time :))))))))))))))
  • alexmose2alexmose2 Member Posts: 128 Member Member Posts: 128 Member
    alexmose2 wrote: »
    GaryRuns wrote: »
    alexmose2 wrote: »
    throwing out conventional deadlifts. I am still weary of my back and will just use Summo DLs and SLRDL.

    I need to do this. I'm just too lazy to maintain my form, or too vain to go light enough to maintain it, for heavy CDLs. But then I feel like I should be doing heavy CDLs to build up strength, even though mostly I care about hypertrophy.

    Anyway, I managed to take them out of this meso, but I'm going to struggle to not put them back in the next 'cause I'll feel like I should be doing them.

    I have yet to hit legs this meso (today is day 1) but I have a feeling I will NOT miss CDLs.

    Day 1 went well! Rolling into the meso with fewer sets and working in a hypertrophy range is went well today. Squats tomorrow!

    Legs yesterday went well and I am SORE today. Although soreness does not indicate a good workout, it feels good to be sore. Walking and perhaps a short bike ride today for recovery. Back to upper tomorrow.

    @sarahkkk I have to say i am finding bulking to be LOTS of food. Which makes me think cutting will be easy (am i speaking too soon???). :)
  • GaryRunsGaryRuns Member, Premium Posts: 425 Member Member, Premium Posts: 425 Member
    alexmose2 wrote: »
    alexmose2 wrote: »
    GaryRuns wrote: »
    alexmose2 wrote: »
    throwing out conventional deadlifts. I am still weary of my back and will just use Summo DLs and SLRDL.

    I need to do this. I'm just too lazy to maintain my form, or too vain to go light enough to maintain it, for heavy CDLs. But then I feel like I should be doing heavy CDLs to build up strength, even though mostly I care about hypertrophy.

    Anyway, I managed to take them out of this meso, but I'm going to struggle to not put them back in the next 'cause I'll feel like I should be doing them.

    I have yet to hit legs this meso (today is day 1) but I have a feeling I will NOT miss CDLs.

    Day 1 went well! Rolling into the meso with fewer sets and working in a hypertrophy range is went well today. Squats tomorrow!

    Legs yesterday went well and I am SORE today. Although soreness does not indicate a good workout, it feels good to be sore. Walking and perhaps a short bike ride today for recovery. Back to upper tomorrow.

    @sarahkkk I have to say i am finding bulking to be LOTS of food. Which makes me think cutting will be easy (am i speaking too soon???). :)

    I did legs yesterday too. It went fairly well and I'm a little sore, but typically it takes me a good 24hrs before my soreness hits it's max value. And I did RDLs so I expect some posterior chain pain. (There's a rhyme they'll never make a children's book out of!) Today is a rest day. May do some abs just to burn off some stress.

    I gained weight the previous two days which is finally pulling my weight trend up, but I forgot to weigh this morning. :#

    I think cutting and bulking are both challenging and the hard part is consistency. It's hard getting used to being hungry almost all the time and it's hard shoving food in your mouth all day every day. But if it weren't challenging I'd probably get bored.
  • baileeb2001baileeb2001 Member, Premium Posts: 36 Member Member, Premium Posts: 36 Member
    When do you all recommend doing a bulk for a beginner? I have a good training regime, but have always just focused mainly on cutting/maintenance rather than bulking. I want to try bulking, as I'm a varsity rugby player but I want to make sure I time it so I'm at peak athletic condition during my season (begins in June and usually tapers off around November). When would you all recommend entering a bulk/cut cycle?
  • steveko89steveko89 Member Posts: 1,947 Member Member Posts: 1,947 Member
    When do you all recommend doing a bulk for a beginner? I have a good training regime, but have always just focused mainly on cutting/maintenance rather than bulking. I want to try bulking, as I'm a varsity rugby player but I want to make sure I time it so I'm at peak athletic condition during my season (begins in June and usually tapers off around November). When would you all recommend entering a bulk/cut cycle?

    At this point, with 2 months or less before the season starts, I think the focus should be on what would have the biggest impact on your rugby performance and save a bulk/cut cycle for the off-season. I know very little about rugby but I know it's pretty common for pro baseball and football players to try to start the pre-season a little bulked up with the thought of it providing resilience for a long and taxing season; moreso for baseball with the premium on power and volume/density of games that they play allowing for less recovery time from lifting heavily.

    Further, 2 months isn't a huge amount of time to see big results from either a bulk or cut. Depending on where you are now and what would best support your rugby performance between being leaner or heavier, pick that path until the season starts and then maintain as your focus shifts to rugby.
  • baileeb2001baileeb2001 Member, Premium Posts: 36 Member Member, Premium Posts: 36 Member

    steveko89 wrote: »
    When do you all recommend doing a bulk for a beginner? I have a good training regime, but have always just focused mainly on cutting/maintenance rather than bulking. I want to try bulking, as I'm a varsity rugby player but I want to make sure I time it so I'm at peak athletic condition during my season (begins in June and usually tapers off around November). When would you all recommend entering a bulk/cut cycle?

    At this point, with 2 months or less before the season starts, I think the focus should be on what would have the biggest impact on your rugby performance and save a bulk/cut cycle for the off-season. I know very little about rugby but I know it's pretty common for pro baseball and football players to try to start the pre-season a little bulked up with the thought of it providing resilience for a long and taxing season; moreso for baseball with the premium on power and volume/density of games that they play allowing for less recovery time from lifting heavily.

    Further, 2 months isn't a huge amount of time to see big results from either a bulk or cut. Depending on where you are now and what would best support your rugby performance between being leaner or heavier, pick that path until the season starts and then maintain as your focus shifts to rugby.

    Thanks for your advice! I'll stick to my training regime as normal then post-season I'll begin a bulk/cut cycle then.
  • alexmose2alexmose2 Member Posts: 128 Member Member Posts: 128 Member
    So, I have never done the hack squat machine before today. I put my feed close together to focus quads, and I did not need to even add weight and could barely get 5 reps with full ROM!! Anyone else feel this with the hack squat machine??
  • alexmose2alexmose2 Member Posts: 128 Member Member Posts: 128 Member
    Also, a food update: I usually eat as I please but today I went for the full allotment MFP gives me to maintain my weight at 5’3” 107lb, which is about 2150 and wow I feel chunky going to bed. I’ve been hitting around 2050ish the last couple days before but workouts this week went well. My only regret is that I had a dress fitted and will need to squeeze back into it a day after an out of country trip I have next month. Eep at water weight and the dress fitting.
  • DancingMoosieDancingMoosie Member Posts: 7,117 Member Member Posts: 7,117 Member
    I'm kind of bulking right now. Hubby wants my weight 120+ and I usually hover 115-118. I hit 120 today, but it might just be an uptick. I'm lifting heavy twice per week.
  • DiscipleOfChrist29DiscipleOfChrist29 Member Posts: 93 Member Member Posts: 93 Member
    Yes. It's at the end though. Time to shred now. 1500 calories a day for me.... ughhh
  • GaryRunsGaryRuns Member, Premium Posts: 425 Member Member, Premium Posts: 425 Member
    alexmose2 wrote: »
    So, I have never done the hack squat machine before today. I put my feed close together to focus quads, and I did not need to even add weight and could barely get 5 reps with full ROM!! Anyone else feel this with the hack squat machine??

    I do reverse hacks and honestly I have trouble connecting with them from a mind-muscle connection perspective. But I'm stubborn and continue to try. I certainly can get deep with them.
  • cupcakesandproteinshakescupcakesandproteinshakes Member Posts: 844 Member Member Posts: 844 Member
    Can I hop on the bulk train?
    Gyms have reopened here and I managed to lose a few pounds.
  • alexmose2alexmose2 Member Posts: 128 Member Member Posts: 128 Member
    Good workout week. Admittedly, I ate a bit more than usual this week, in the form of bananas and greek yogurt so not a total loss!!
  • RJSDFGSRJSDFGS Member Posts: 2 Member Member Posts: 2 Member
    sardelsa wrote: »
    So I mentioned this in the other thread but I am now cutting. My bulk got a little out of hand but I am determined to get back on it. It happens! And I have no regrets, I think my body needed the longer duration spent in surplus and perhaps even the added body fat. I am cutting down gradually, adding a bit of cardio for health (and stress release) plus of course lifting 3-4x per week.
    Hope everyone is finding success on their gaining journeys. :)

    How do you find balancing your macro split and ensuring you don't go over your daily calories when cutting? What is your plan of attack for the nutrition side?
    Training is the easy part for me, it's the nutrition that seem's the hardest part to keep spot on.
  • alexmose2alexmose2 Member Posts: 128 Member Member Posts: 128 Member
    Sadly, I need to lower weights on my RDLs and Summos....my sciatica is acting up, i can feel strain in the back of my neck and the numbness on the top of my foot. anyone else experience this? what helped you?
  • gregoryrosengregoryrosen Member Posts: 9 Member Member Posts: 9 Member
    Have sciatica as well
    Need to stay on top of stretching not only once youre in pain, but more importantly beforehand/daily
    The Weather affects mine the most
    The rain and cold get me good lol
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